Graphic Designer

Milwaukee Recreation

Milwaukee Recreation (a department of Milwaukee Public Schools) serves to strengthen and extend the bond between public education and the community. Founded in 1911 by legislation that was reportedly the first of its kind to assign a local public school system the responsibility for conducting recreation programs, Milwaukee Recreation has maintained a leadership position throughout its history. Multiple use of public school facilities for community services, especially in the evenings, has earned Milwaukee Recreation the distinction of being recognized nationally as the "City of the Lighted Schoolhouse." Milwaukee Recreation enriches the lives of Milwaukee's youth, adults, and families through many innovative programs. These programs are designed to improve the academic achievement of all students during non-school hours, strengthen families, reduce crime in the neighborhoods, and enhance the well-being of all residents. Milwaukee Recreation's mission is to enrich and strengthen the community by promoting healthy lifestyles, personal development, and fun through memorable recreational and educational experiences for people of all ages and abilities.

Position Details

Graphic Designer
Southeast Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

At Milwaukee Recreation, we believe fun and affordable recreation activities make a difference in the community we serve. We see design as a powerful visual storytelling tool to reach our community. We are looking for a visual storyteller to join our marketing team to collaborate and create dynamic graphic designs for a variety of print and digital platforms. The part-time graphic designer will have the opportunity to work closely with our team of marketing professionals to produce meaningful design solutions. The designs will impact a variety of products and activities such as event design systems, digital ads, flyers, posters, displays, and a variety of printed products. Please apply for this job if you are ready to make a difference in the community we serve, bring fresh ideas to life, and build your design portfolio.

As of November 1, 2021, all MPS employees are required to be fully vaccinated. The health and safety of our staff and students is our number one priority. As a result, all offers of employment are contingent on the candidate showing proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (currently one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine) to pass the pre-employment requirements. Individuals with medical issues or sincerely held religious beliefs that prevent them from getting the vaccine may request an accommodation from the vaccine requirement.

  • Works with marketing team to follow and uphold the Milwaukee Recreation style/branding guide
  • Time management skills required to complete each project
  • Thinks creatively to produce new ideas and concepts
  • Proofreads to produce accurate, high-quality work
  • Plans concepts by studying information and materials provided by Recreation staff
  • Illustrates concepts by submitting rough layout of art and copy for approval before proceeding with final designs
  • Completes projects by working closely with many different members of the Recreation team
  • Maintains and updates existing design projects, producing high-quality designs that align with brand standards
  • Serves as a brand ambassador while assisting staff to follow all guidelines for Milwaukee Recreation’s visual identity


  • 21 years of age or older. 
  • Able to meet the scheduling needs required for this position and work out of Milwaukee Recreation’s administrative offices. 
  • Access to reliable transportation. 
  • Must possess a valid driver's license, good driving record and the MPS required level of personal auto liability insurance.


  • Associates or Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Art or Graphic Design 
  • Portfolio of print and digital design work 
  • Highly skilled in Adobe Creative Suite, including Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, and MacOS 
  • Proficient in all Microsoft Office programs


  • Strong writing and editing ability, along with the good judgment to represent a trusted nonprofit brand directly to the public. 
  • Ability to foster positive working relationships and function as a member of a creative marketing team. 
  • Excellent decision-making skills and ability to carry out verbal and written instructions

This is a part-time position (35 hours per week) that has a pay rate of $19.00/hr.

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